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Chelsea put in an amazing performance to beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Rakuten Cup final in the Saitama Stadium in Japan.
Tammy Abraham opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 34th minute with a well-taken effort after Jorginho had won possession high up the pitch. Chelsea’s high pressing troubled the Spanish side in the first half, and the Blues pressed high up the pitch to win the ball and the ball fell kindly to Abraham who beat the goalkeeper neatly to score the first goal.
Ross Barkley secured the victory 10 minutes from time with a left-footed drive from the edge of the box. It was a beautiful finish from the Englishman who joined the fray in the second-half.
Ivan Rakitic scored a late consolation goal for the Spanish side to end the game 2-1.
Blues boss Frank Lampard was excited with the win and revealed after the game that he’s pleased his side are getting up to speed with fitness and tactics ahead of the new season, when Chelsea will face Manchester United on August 11.
“I’m very happy,” he said. “It’s been good on pitch and off pitch. Especially today, I saw a lot of signs from the work we have done which is very good. There is more work to do but it’s been a good trip.
“It is always great to come to Japan and [see] the welcome we receive. For the club that’s important and it’s been nice for us.
“What I’ve learnt about the players is they’re a good strong group. They’ve done everything asked of them and more, so they deservedly now get a couple of days off.
“We’ve had two very competitive games here in humidity and difficult conditions. It’s a good test for the players and the tour has helped us.
“We’re in a process to be fit and ready for Manchester United, our first game. The clock runs down quickly so the players have to keep working. Collectively we have to work on elements of the team I want to implement.”